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Undergraduate & Graduate Dates to Remember*

Fall Term 2010

August 20-22 MBA Orientation
August 25-29 Wolfpack Welcome
August 30 Classes begin
September 3 Add deadline
October 29 Last day to withdraw & last day
to apply for graduation
December 10 Last day of classes
December 11-17 Final Exams

Spring Term 2011

January 8 New Student Orientation; MBA Orientation
January 10 Classes begin
January 14 Add deadline
March 4 Last day to withdraw
May 4 Last day of classes for undergraduate students
May 5 Last day of classes for graduate students
May 6-12 Final Exams for day division
May 9-12 Final Exams for graduate and evening students
May 14 Commencement - all colleges

*College of Law dates on Law Bulletin

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Admission to graduate studies at Loyola University represents a selection based on the personal and academic records of the applicants. The appropriate graduate studies committee of the discipline involved examines the applicant’s records for evidence of potential for graduate study.

Loyola’s graduate program is devised to select students with strong potential for graduate study, intellectual achievement, and personal character, without reference to age, creed, race, sex, or sexual orientation.


Qualified applicants may enroll at the beginning of the fall, spring, or summer term. August 1 for the fall term, January 5 for the spring term, and May 1 for the summer term are the deadlines for admission as a degree-seeking student. Applicants for the communications program or for any of the education programs need to contact the respective departments for deadline dates. Students may be admitted as non-degree or transient students after these dates. Non-degree and transient students are ineligible for certain types of state and federal aid.


An applicant for admission must present as proof of his or her preparation for graduate study the following: transcripts attesting to a bachelor’s degree, normally in a field appropriate to the graduate work, at least two letters of recommendation by professionals in the field who can attest to the applicant’s professional competence, a résumé of work experiences, and a statement of educational goals.

Admission to graduate studies allows the student to enroll in all graduate courses not restricted to degree candidates. A prospective student should examine the candidacy requirements for the appropriate degree very closely for requirements that must be met by each student. Please refer to the individual department regarding specific admission requirements.


Educational Levels

Students who have not received a bachelor’s degree or who wish to pursue a different bachelor’s degree than already earned.

Students who have received a bachelor’s degree and wish to enroll in either graduate or undergraduate coursework.


Degree-seeking students are those students who wish to pursue a degree at Loyola University.

Non-degree-seeking students are those students who wish to enroll at Loyola on a continuing basis but not pursue a degree program.

Non-degree-seeking freshmen, transfer, and graduate students are required to meet the minimum standards set for degree-seeking students in those categories.


Transient students may be admitted for any one semester. In order to continue their enrollment in the next semester, transient students must apply as non-degree-seeking students and submit those credentials required by the admissions committee.

Admit Types


Students who will have received an undergraduate degree prior to the planned term of enrollment. All degree-seeking graduate freshmen are required to submit the application, non-refundable application fee, two official undergraduate college transcripts from each college attended, two letters of recommendation and the results of national tests if required for the specific graduate program, a résumé of work experiences, and a statement of educational goals.


Students who have attended another college or university at the graduate level. Transfer applicants must submit the same credentials as freshmen and, in addition, two official transcripts from each graduate institution previously attended, whether or not credit was earned.


Students who have previously enrolled at Loyola at the graduate level (does not include continuing education and non-credit courses). Readmits need only complete the application form if they have not attended another institution since their last enrollment at Loyola or less than two years has elapsed. Readmits who have not been enrolled for two years and who plan to seek a degree are required to resubmit full credentials.

Admission Actions

The applicant is admitted to the graduate program for the term designated on the application.

The applicant is admitted, but on probation. The circumstances of the probation are stated in the letter of admission.

The decision is deferred until additional information is collected on the applicant. The applicant will be informed of the information needed.
The applicant is not admitted to the graduate program. This action is taken after the applicant is considered for all other admission actions.


Decisions regarding admissions are made under a policy of rolling admissions. Notification of admission under this plan will be mailed as soon as possible after receipt of all necessary credentials. Applications to the Department of Communications will not be reviewed until the application deadline date. If admission is deferred, the applicant will be considered again when the requirements for consideration are met.


Students are enrolled at Loyola in accordance with the policies and regulations defined in the university bulletins, the published schedules, and Student Handbook. Readmitted students are subject to the policies in effect at the time of their readmission. The university reserves the right to clarify and change policy in the course of a student’s enrollment.

All applicants and Loyola students are required to provide complete, correct, and truthful information on all university applications, forms, and correspondence. Administrative decisions and actions based on incomplete, incorrect, or false information are subject to immediate review and/or reversal. Applicants or students who provide such information are subject to corrective administrative and disciplinary proceedings including, but not limited to, dismissal from the university.


Students excluded by a university are ineligible for admission to Loyola depending on the exclusion regulations and recommendations of the excluding university.


The programs of criminal justice, music education, music therapy, and education will admit, upon receipt of approved application for graduate studies, Loyola undergraduate students who meet all of the academic requirements for admission except a degree on a provisional basis provided they meet the following additional requirements: they must have a B average or better in their upper division major work; they must not lack more than six hours for their bachelor’s degree. Such students may schedule a total of six hours of graduate work; their schedule in any one semester may not exceed 12 credit hours. The graduate courses will not count toward the undergraduate degree requirements.


International students who desire to enter Loyola must comply with the basic admission requirements established. In addition, these applicants must satisfy all provisions of the Immigration Act. Students are expected to be proficient in English.

The applicant whose primary language is not English must show a proficiency in English adequate for graduate level study by scoring at least 213 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). These scores are valid for two years from the date of the test. Graduates of United States institutions may substitute the obtained degree in lieu of the TOEFL. For information on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), write directly to: TOEFL/TSE Services, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6151. Additional testing options may be requested through the Office of Admissions.


Students who have earned academic credit at another accredited college or university may be allowed to transfer a maximum of six credit hours, with the approval of the departmental chair and/or dean of the college. Each degree program has certain restrictions concerning acceptance of courses completed at other institutions. Transfer of credits earned more than five years prior to enrollment will ordinarily not be considered.

Transfer students will be informed of the amount of credit which will transfer prior to their enrollment, if possible, but at the latest, prior to the end of the first academic term in which they are enrolled.


Under all but extreme circumstances, all course requirements for a graduate degree must be completed in a seven-year span. Exceptions to this regulation require approval of the appropriate chair and/or the dean of the college.


Loyola University has fully supported and fostered in its educational programs, admissions, employment practices, and in the activities it operates the policy of not discriminating on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex/gender, or sexual orientation. This policy is in compliance with all applicable federal regulations and guidelines.


Loyola University New Orleans, consistent with its Goals Statement and the Character and Commitment Statement, fosters dignity and worth of all members of the Loyola community, and is committed to maintaining an educational and working environment free of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is immoral and illegal, and will not be tolerated.

Sexual harassment may occur within a variety of relationships. Some such relationships involve unequal authority, while others occur between individuals who are of equal status. All allegations of sexual harassment will be scrutinized.

The university’s full policy and procedures governing sexual harassment and other forms of harassment can be found on the university web page for Human Resources Policies, Procedures, and Benefits. Appeal and grievance procedures can also be found in the text of the policy and in the university's Student Code of Conduct, Section 5: Sexual Misconduct, Discrimination, and Harassment Policies and Guidelines.

Loyola University New Orleans strongly supports equal opportunity in all aspects of university services and employment as provided in Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Inquiries, concerns, and questions regarding the application of Title IX to university programs, services, employment, and policies should be addressed to the Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX coordinator for Loyola University is the director of Human Resources. The Title IX coordinator may be contacted at: Campus Box 16, (504) 864-7914.


Disability services helps students with disabilities meet the academic demands of university life. Academic counseling, assessment, and advocacy services are provided by the Academic Resource Center’s professional staff. Academic accommodations are offered to students with documented disabilities, including physical and learning disabilities. Such accommodations may include, but are not limited to, alternative test administration and academic support services including peer tutors, transcribers, note takers, readers, and computers with adaptive programs.
Disability services assists students in developing self-advocacy skills and advocates for the students with faculty and/or administrators when needed. Since it is the policy and practice of Loyola University to make its programs and facilities accessible to students with disabilities in an integrated manner, the professional staff from the Counseling & Career Development Center, Student Health Service, Physical Plant, library, and Residential Life work in conjunction with the Office of Disability Services to provide a comprehensive support service.

The Office of Disability Services is located on the main campus in the Academic Resource Center, Monroe 405. The director of disability services can be reached by phone at (504) 865-2990 or by e-mail at


Loyola University is committed to ensuring equal access and reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities under Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Action and the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and to providing support services which assist qualified students with disabilities in all areas of the university. Disability Services was created to ensure the careful implementation of this policy by faculty and staff and to assist students with disabilities in meeting the demands of university policy.